Hastings, Minn. – If you’ve ever met Jeff Klinger, then you know there’s nothing he loves more than a new challenge. As a Co-founder of the Anytime Fitness franchise, Jeff helped build a brand that’s enabled hundreds of men and women to realize their dreams of being their own boss. That same entrepreneurial spirit is why Jeff has decided the time is right for him to leave Anytime Fitness.
“The growth of Anytime Fitness has been exciting and gratifying,” Klinger said. “But I am an entrepreneur at heart and I love to take a new idea and get it started. Dave Mortensen, Chuck Runyon and I have been working alongside each other and building things together since 1989. It has been a tremendous pleasure for me to work with these guys – they are like family – but I felt the time was right for me to move on.”
From its humble beginnings in 2002, when Anytime Fitness opened its first club in Cambridge, Minn., Klinger helped build the franchise into an international powerhouse that greatly changed the face of the fitness industry.
Klinger’s many achievements were recently recognized with the 2009 John McCarthy Industry Visionary of the Year Award, presented by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).
Although he will no longer serve as an executive officer for Anytime Fitness, Klinger will continue to serve the franchise in his capacity as President of EI Insurance Advisors, the preferred insurance provider for Anytime Fitness clubs.
“Jeff Klinger will certainly be missed and we’ve had a great ride filled with laughter, success and friendship,” says fellow Anytime Fitness Co-founder, Chuck Runyon. “But our business model and growth rate are still very strong and the best days for Anytime Fitness are ahead of us.”
In parting, Klinger added: “Let me say that I will leave Anytime Fitness with great memories – from the sale of club number one to the addition of employee after employee – all who helped ‘sculpt’ Anytime Fitness into the incredible company it is today.”
Runyon, who will assume the duties of CEO for Anytime Fitness, emphasized that one of the strengths of the company – our collaborative team culture – will continue.
“Quite frankly, we don’t care much about titles here,” Runyon said. “Over the last few years, Jeff spent a great deal of his time focusing on ancillary companies, and less time on Anytime Fitness. So, for Dave Mortensen and me, day-to-day roles and responsibilities will not change.”